I'm working with the Dartmouth College Space Medicine Innovation Lab on their NASA-funded project for psychological support to astronauts during long-distance space travel. The lab is working on web-based presentations that consist of a person on-screen telling stories. Since the stories are long, they decided to add illustrations of key points in the stories.
The first story I illustrated was this: two sisters are fighting over an orange. Their dad come in and with "great bravado" cuts the orange in half giving one half to each sister. One sister eats her half and throws the peel in the trash, but she's still hungry. The other sister peels her half and throws the edible part in the trash, but she needs the peel of one whole orange to make a cake. If dad had only asked what each sister wanted, everyone could have been happier. It's called Interest-Based Conflict Management.
Recently I've been working on a series of Illustrations that show the importance of stress management. The first four show Beth, a new mother and operating room nurse who is feeling overwhelmed by work and home life. The second four show Beth once she has implemented some stress-management practices: calling on her mom for help, exercising, reworking her schedule, engaging with other moms.
WORKING DRAFT - Waters of the United States
Wind Versus Sun
Wind V. Sun is based on an Aesop Fable called "The North Wind and the Sun" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_North_Wind_and_the_Sun). Nib, brush, ink; October 2016.
Pen; October 2016,
Ed Emberley is an American artist who wrote drawing books for kids (and adults) mostly between 1960 and 1980. His book Make A World gives step-by-step instructions for drawing "enough things to make a world of your own." It was published in 1972, so many of the 'things' are outdated (such as typewriters and telephones), but are still fun to draw! This comic is based on a true adventure I had with my friend Jenny. It was part of her wedding present. Pen; September 2016.
This comic was drawn in a single day, using no pencil lines. The story isn't very strong and it sounded like my peers got a bit confused about it and didn't really like the sound effects. I rather like it, though. The assignment was to use a reference book and randomly pull three prompts out of it by closing your eyes, flipping to a page and pointing. I used the Goodman guide to Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast and got 'double barrel' a famous skier called 'jackrabbit' and a mountain called 'camel's hump'. This is the comic that came out of it. Brush, Ink; November 2016.
Lina and the Wind
Some illustrations for a children's book that will someday be self-published. Nib, ink, watercolor; October 2016.
Rain Gardens: Why and How
In the summer of 2014, I worked with the community of Skagway, Alaska to build a rain garden that would help protect the local salmon stream from stormwater runoff. As the outreach part of the project, I created this booklet. Pen; 2015.
Freckles and Patch
My partner befriended a couple, Sam and Lisa, at a meditation retreat. Sam wanted this story about a mermaid, Freckles, who has left her home to find better things. Freckles meets Patch, a pirate who has also left his old ways. Freckles sails off on a journey, but it turns out her ship is captained by an evil wizard. Patch enlists a captain and some animal friends to help him save Freckles. It turns out she saves him.